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New Evidence: Drew Barrymore’s Hungarian Roots Confirmed


We have already written about the Hungarian Roots of the famous American actress, author, director, model and producer. In our weekly series that we published about celebrities – artists, actors, musicians, sport stars and scientists – who have some Hungarian origin, but who are generally not seen as such, we introduced Draw Barrymore’s Hungarian background.

In our original article, we presented the following results of our research about her:

Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to American actor John Drew Barrymore (1932-2004) and aspiring actress Ildikó Jaid Barrymore (born 1946). Her mother was born in a refugee camp in Brannenburg, southern Germany, where her parents – both musicians by profession – fled in the aftermath of the Second World War. […] Although there is no exact information available on which area of Hungary the famous actress’s parents hailed from, her mother’s maiden surname has long been the subject of speculation because “Makó” is also the name of a town in southeastern Hungary.

Historian Gábor Novák recently sent a  letter to Hungarian news site  about his research on the origins of the American actress. In the letter, the historian attached archives as evidences of the Hungarian roots of the great actress, model, producer.


Mr. Novák found that the family started their journey to New York from Bramerhaven on the 2nd of January 1951. They took a ship that was made and used to help the “displaced persons” to flee to the United States, named the General Harry Taylor. The Hungarian historian found the manifest of the General Harry Taylor, which contains information showing that Draw Barrymore’s grandparents Antal Makó (born: 08.05.1921) and Valéria Makó (born: 24.02.1928) were on board.


Although there was no question about her “Hungarian identity”, as she’s previously said that she’d like to find her Hungarian roots, and that whenever she meets Hungarians, her first words are that she too is Hungarian; now, however, there is confirmed historical evidence on Drew Barrymore’s Hungarian roots.